Frequently Asked Questions

Who should take the ALEKS Placement Assessment?

Any student who wishes to place above their mathematics
placement as determined by their Texas Success Initiative
(TSI) exam or entrance exams.  The ALEKS placement
assessment is not binding.  If you score at a level below
where you have been currently placed, you may choose
to take the lower course, but you are not required to do so.

Is there a fee for using ALEKS?

You will pay for ALEKS with a credit card before you begin.  The cost is $50.

Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment?

Yes. If you do not earn the required score on your first attempt, you will
have two additional attempts.  All attempts will be proctored on campus in the JavALab (Rhode Hall 308). 
However, to make each attempt worthwhile, it is important that you spend time working
in your ALEKS Prep and Learning Module in between placement assessments
so that you can improve your skills.

Are ALEKS Placement Assessments proctored?

Yes, ALL (first, second and third) assessments will be proctored
on campus in the JavALab (Rhode Hall 308). You may make appointments
for proctored assessments with Mark Cortez, JavALab coordinator.  It is preferred
that you contact him by email at If contacting him by
email is not possible, then you can call him at (361) 593-3607 or (361) 593-4852.
You will need to bring a valid photo I.D.(University I.D., drivers license, military I.D., 
or passport), and something to write with.

Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment immediately?

You must wait at least 48 hours between placement assessments. There is
generally no benefit to re-taking the assessment immediately after completing
a prior attempt. Unlike the SAT or ACT, you cannot improve your results by simply
re-taking the assessment without spending time in the Prep and Learning Module
to refresh material that you may have forgotten or to learn new material.

Must I work in my ALEKS Prep and Learning Module between placement

Yes, for at least 48 hours between placement assessments.

Are placement assessments timed?

Yes, you have 3 hours to complete a placement assessment once it has begun.

How long will a placement assessment take to complete?

Placement assessments require approximately 90 minutes to complete, but the
amount of time will vary by student. There will be a maximum of 30 questions.

May I use a calculator while using ALEKS?

ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator if you need one to complete a particular
problem. Otherwise, you may not use a calculator.

What happens if I do not complete a placement assessment in the allotted time?

You will be given a placement result, but it may underestimate your true ability.

May I use any other resources during a placement assessment?

You may only use a pen or pencil, paper, and the resources provided by ALEKS. You may
not receive assistance from friends, family, other websites, textbooks, or any other resource
not provided by ALEKS. Using outside resources may lead to improper placement and
ultimately course failure.

What is my placement result?

Your placement result is your percentage mastery on the latest assessment. Course
placement is determined as follows:

Placement Score (%)

Course Placement

46 – 60%

MATH 1314 College Algebra

61 – 68%

MATH 1316 Trigonometry

69 – 74%

MATH 1348 Analytic Geometry

75 – 100%

MATH 2413 Calculus I

If you earn the score for the course you want, your record in ALEKS will document this
result. Send an email to your advisor with a copy to Mr. Torres at
Your advisor will confirm your score and adjust your class schedule.

If you do not earn your required score, you may choose the appropriate learning module
that will prepare you for the course you wish to take.  The following is a table of recommended
scores for each learning module.  We recommend following this, but if you wish, you may
choose one higher than the recommended level.

Placement Score (%)

Prep and Learning Module

25 – 39 %

Prep for College Algebra

40 – 54 %

Prep for PreCalculus

> 55 %

Prep for Calculus

How long is my placement result valid?

Your placement result is valid for 6 months.

Can I practice using ALEKS before I begin placement?

ALEKS will begin with a brief tutorial before your placement begins.

How long do I have access to my Prep and Learning Module?

You will have six months of access from the time that you start using your Prep
and Learning module.

Is there an additional fee for my Prep and Learning Module?

Access to a Prep and Learning Module is included along with up to 3 placement

What are ALEKS Progress Assessments?

While working in a Prep and Learning Module, you will periodically complete
progress assessments to solidify your gains in knowledge.

Does progress in an ALEKS Prep and Learning Module count toward placement?

No, you must complete a new placement assessment to change your placement
result. Click on the placement tab on the upper right of the page from within
ALEKS. Only your placement assessment results will be used for course placement.

Can I change to a different Prep and Learning Module later?

No, you may only use one Prep and Learning Module. If you are unsure which
module to select, use the module recommended by ALEKS.

What if I do not place into the course I wanted?

You can use a Prep and Learning Module to review and learn, and you may
take another placement assessment to improve your placement result.

I did not place into the class I wanted. Can I take it anyway?

No, you must achieve the minimum placement result to take each
corresponding class.

What if I placed into the class I wanted?

Congratulations!  Continue to use your Prep and Learning Module to improve
your chances for success. The placement result above is the minimum
preparation required for your course! Take advantage of the targeted review
and learning features in ALEKS to get a better grade in your class.

Where can I get help with ALEKS?

How do I begin using ALEKS?

  1. Purchase an ALEKS Access Code
  2. After receiving the e mail response with your access code and PPL course
    code, download the PPL Registration Instructions and follow the instructions to register
    for the PPL program
  3. Once you have registered with the program, you may access the Overview Summary
    of ALEKS PPL to get more information about how the program works
  4. Contact Mark Cortez (JavALab Coordinator) to schedule a testing date and time in the
    JavaLab (Rhode Hall 308) where ALL (first, second, and third) assessments will be 
    proctored.  It is preferred that you contact him by email at  If
    contacting him by email is not possible, you may contact him by phone at (361) 593-3607
    or (361) 593-4852.
  5. Come to the JavALab (Rhode Hall 308) to take your ALEKS placement assessment.
  6. Don't forget to bring a valid photo I.D. (University I.D., driver's license, military I.D., or
    passport), and something to write with.

This page was last updated on: January 27, 2017